Walk the ACT border!

The ACT region of the Conservation Council is offering a walk around the entire 306-kilometre border of the Australian Capital Territory!

A Beginning Saturday, 7 October, the walk will conclude three weeks later, on Saturday, 28 October. This is a fundraising event for the Council and the walk will be led by regional president Rod Griffiths.

If 306K sounds like a bit much, you may choose to walk only part of a day, a whole day or as many days as you would like. Or maybe you’d rather just donate to the cause and follow the blog: https://walktheborderact.wordpress.com/

Walk the border ACT: a watershed walk
https://conservationcouncil.org.au/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=85


New AussieWalk Website Goes Live!

The AussieWalk website has had a major overhaul to make it easier to read on multiple platforms. We’ve also updated the site with all the information about the new national AussieWalk IVV organisation. We invite you to have a look around and let us know what you think. You can make comments below (first select the “leave a comment” link above to open the comment box), or on our AussieWalk Facebook page, or via email. You can also sign up to our news emails on our Contact page.

We expect there will be a few gremlins as we get accustomed to the new technology, so if you experience any problems with the new site please let us know.

Hooray!

Hooray!


A history of the world in 500 walks

Are you looking for a new travel destination in 2017? Do you enjoy history? Then A history of the world in 500 walks by Sarah Baxter might be the book for you.

This compilation is divided into six periods of time: Prehistory — the Ancient World — the Middle Ages — Towards the Modern World — 19th century — 20th century. There are walks that take minutes and walks that take months.

The work is indexed by country, by location and by walk name, making it easy to use.

Over 30 public libraries in Australia own this title, according to the National Library’s TROVE database.





Sun exposure and vitamin D

According to a media release posted on the Cancer Council Australia website this past weekend, “[n]ew recommendations published today (31/1) by national peak health bodies aim to provide clearer and simpler advice to Australians on how they can balance the need for sun protection to reduce skin cancer risk with maintaining healthy vitamin D levels for optimal health.”

Position statement – Sun exposure and vitamin D – risks and benefits


Walker honoured for volunteer contribution to CSIRO

Canberra Two-Day walker and former CSIRO employee Tom van Gerwen is featured in the 15 December issue of the Canberra Chronicle:
Tributes flow as stalwart marks 80th

After almost 40 years in CSIRO’s entomology section, Tom continued his work with insects by becoming the volunteer coordinator for CSIRO’s  Australian National Insect Collection volunteer program.

Tom has participated in every one of our 24 events, completing all our distance challenges!


Slow walking speed linked to Alzheimer’s disease

A study of walking speed and its possible relationship to Alzheimer’s disease was reported in the Canberra Times on 5 December.

The CT story was an excerpt from a UK London Telegraph article posted 2 December.

An abstract of the original research study Relationship of regional brain β-amyloid to gait speed is available from the journal Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.